I didn't want to clog up the debate in the NW Area thread but this is a general query anyway. It is interesting to note that although 25 bands were entered in the NW 4th section, there are 31 listed in the back of the programme for the gradings. So 6 bands have entered in the past 2 contests but did not enter 2011. The 4th Section is healthy in the NW anyway, but that is not the case in all other areas, with some showing a marked decline in numbers over the past few years, especially Wales and Scotland. Although I have a few thoughts I wonder does anybody have ideas on how to attract bands back into their Regional Championships?